Interesting facts about GEKA® KARASTO: Tradition meets progress 1928 The company KARASTO Maschinen- und Apparatebau Ing. Klein + Raff is founded and taken over by businessman Julius Oehler in 1929. 1944 Following the death of Julius Oehler, his wife Elisabeth Oehler née Klein and daughter Hannelore take over the running of the company. 1949 Change of name: KARASTO Armaturenfabrik Oehler KG. 1986 Business graduate Carola Reese née Nass joins the company. Introduction of organisation and IT. 1950/52 Construction of building complex with manufacturing, administration and residential buildings in Fellbach. The businessman Alfred Nass, husband of Hannelore Nass née Oehler, initially joins the company as an authorised representative and plays a key role in shaping the company. 1932 Julius Oehler invents the patented GEKA® quick coupling. Expansion of production of water hose and industrial fittings, hose trolleys and holders, sprinklers, nozzles and watering wands. 1991-93 Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Schluchter becomes co-managing director. Following the death of Alfred Nass, Klaus Schluchter and Carola Reese assume management of the company. 1954 Exhibition stand with the core range of products from KARASTO: brass fittings, watering wands, hose trolleys, as well as industrial and gardening products. 1972 Alfred Nass becomes limited partner and managing director. At GEKA® there is a long-standing tradition of investing in the future. Since the company‘s foundation in 1928 we have been investing in sustainable growth and stable partnerships, primarily in innovative products. Every year millions of products leave our warehouse. Each product contains state-of-the-art manufacturing knowledge, premium quality and over 90 years of experience. But it is the people behind the brand who have been making GEKA® an honest and fair partner for trade and customers for generations. 6 GEKA® Main Catalogue